For our literacy block, we follow a routine called the Daily 5. During our daily 5 rotations students will practice a variety of skills. The 5 centers that students rotate through each day are read to self, read to someone, listen to reading, and word work. It is also during this time that I will meet with students during guided reading groups. Your student will be a part of a group of other students that are identified to be at the same reading level or skill level. Some of the skills we will be working on during our guided reading groups are: how to decode an unknown word, building reading comprehension through oral and written retell, learning word meanings (vocabulary), breaking apart and building words, and discussing the author’s purpose through connections and lessons learned from the story. These guided reading groups will be flexible and forever changing as your child’s reading needs and strengths change. 

We have been working on different word solving strategies, comprehension strategies, and vocabulary strategies. Below you will see the word solving strategies that we have been using to figure out unknown words. We have also been talking a lot about creating "reading salad." This is where real reading happens. It is where we combine reading the text with thinking about the text and use metacognition to think about our thinking. We have been diving deeper into books and practicing thinking while we read. We have also been talking a lot about schema and using our background knowledge to make text connections. These connections are called text to self, text to text and text to world. We have been discussing the difference between strong and weak connections. 

While you read at home, practice asking red and green questions. A red question is a higher level thinking question that you cannot answer by looking in the book. For example: How do you think the character was feeling when? or How would you feel if you were that character? A green question is a question you can find the answer to in a book. For example: Turn to the page where it tells you how the character solved their problem. 

We do many different things during our reading block to help our comprehension, accuracy, fluency and vocabulary I have only mentioned a few above. It is a fun, engaging and exciting time in our classroom!